An update from Surya, UWS Nepal Country Manager (21st July 2015)
“The devastation of the earthquakes in Nepal and the destruction of innumerable schools and classrooms has impacted over 1 million children. Of the 36,000 destroyed or damaged classrooms, approximately 800 are in the Sankhuwasabha district – the headquarters of UWS Nepal. The need for the provision of quality, free education has never been greater.”
“There are currently 15,000 children affected in Sankhuwasabha, who are either out of school completely, or studying in temporary learning centres. With very limited funds available through the government, it is likely that the number of out-of-school children will grow in this and upcoming academic years.”
“In an already resource stricken, and recently crippled education system, this is a great opportunity for UWS to be a pioneer in putting these children into classrooms. The launch of UWS Nepal could not come at a better time.”
– Surya Karki, UWS Nepal Country Manager, July 2015.
UWS Nepal: Responding to the Earthquakes (29th May 2015)
The second of the devastating earthquakes to hit Nepal had its epicentre very close to the planned UWS hub in Sankhuwashabha, in the east of the country. The UWS team in the region are thankfully unharmed but the surrounding area has been hit hard, making the challenge and necessity of bringing education to the region all the more urgent. UWS will now be a vital part of the long term rebuilding of Nepal’s infrastructure through our school building projects and promotion of education to those most in need.
Our goal in Nepal is to replicate the success of the simple and effective model used in Cambodia and Myanmar, in a region of Nepal where educational opportunity is extremely basic or more often non-existent. The need in the region for education is huge, with fewer than 10% of children currently completing their studies to grade 10.
A UWS School would transform the ability of a community to access education and the opportunities it provides. Once built, each UWS school will support 200+ pupils ensuring every child in a community can access a meaningful and free education.
We are scheduled to begin building our first schools in Nepal at the start of August this year. The recent devastation in the region has made the help of our supporters more vital than ever. Our goal is to offer education to over 2000 children in Nepal by 2016 through the development of 10-12 UWS Community Schools.
More on our plans in Nepal
Update 12th May 2015
Devastated to hear that another earthquake has hit Nepal – this time in the same region as where we are working (Sankhuwashabha, East Nepal). Surya, our country manager, is in the community of Baga helping look for people trapped in buildings.
The dust is still settling (literally) in East Nepal and we’ll find out the full extent of the damage over the next few days.
Surya, has been in contact with the local education officers who have had reports of major damage to at least 180 classrooms in government schools across the district.
An enormous school rebuilding programme awaits… and with thousands of out of school children beyond the reach of the government school system, our support for the region is even more important.
Check the @TeamUWS and @teamUWSNepal Twitter feeds, and the UWS Facebook page for more updates.
Surya has also been in talking with the BBC and you can see his and other updates on the Second Nepal earthquake strikes live reporting page on the BBC news web site.
Update 03 May 2015
Thanks very much for all the recent messages in support of those affected by the Nepal earthquake.
We’ve been in close contact with Surya – the UWS Country Manager – who is currently in Sankhuwashaba, a remote district in East Nepal. The good news is his family and friends are OK.
The situation is extremely challenging for everyone involved. Houses have been damaged and landslides have cut off communities. Many are living in tents. Whilst some aid is now arriving, there are millions who have been badly affected across Nepal.
As the country recovers from the devastating impact, both short term aid and long term investment is needed.
Long term investment through school development projects will be vital. Our pledge is to do everything we can to support the long term development of schools for remote and marginalised communities in Nepal.
We are also working with trusted partners in Nepal who are helping the short term. Crucially, they are helping those in the marginalised areas who are often out of reach of the major aid agencies. Like UWS, they are efficient and lean organisations who make the most of every donation received.
To support their efforts, and to help remote, desperately poor communities, please follow the these links to our Nepal partners:
Phase Nepal are working west of Kathmandu near the epicentre supporting primary health care. You can donate and support their work via this link:
The Diaylo Foundation are working to support communities in the remote Sankuwasahba region in East Nepal. You can support their work via this link:
Together with our partners, we can help Nepal recover. Many thanks for your support.